This way down: Wigan 2 – 0 Wolves

Written by World Wide Wolfie on October 2nd, 2010

Sadly the talking point after this disappointing defeat for Wolves is going to be team discipline; even more sadly, it will be with some justification this time. The game ultimately hinged on a bad tackle by Henry on Gomez and a justifiable red card after only ten minutes. I’m perfectly sure the tackle was not intended to injure, but it was unnecessary and reckless and should never have been attempted. Had Henry not acquired an over-exaggerated reputation for reckless play already this season, less would be said about this tackle than is bound to be in the next few days, but in the circumstances to throw himself into a stupid tackle like that was a very poor decision.

I was, however, disappointed to hear the Sky pundits at half time dredge up Henry’s tackle which left Zamora injured. Talk of this is always swiftly followed by a mention of the fact that no one disputes that the tackle was fair and the result unlucky. It is therefore completely irrelevant to today’s situation, where the tackle was not fair, and the result lucky. If was only Henry’s second red card, however, and I hope to see lessons swiftly learned.

Henry is not the only one who needs to learn some lessons fast. While it’s somewhat unfair to judge the players left playing 80 minutes a man down, Wolves finished the game very tamely. Had the game stopped after 60 minutes (is Wolves’ ‘late-in-the-game’ hoodoo, moving nearer to the middle of the game?) I probably would have said that ashamed as I was of Henry, I was thoroughly proud of the other ten players on the pitch, but that would probably have been sentiment talking. While Doyle and Jarvis showed genuine quality, Ward looked far from a Premier League left back, but Edwards was perhaps the most worrying. When he played at the start of last season I was impressed by his energy and effort, but his lack of skill was all too evident. His foul just outside the box that led to Wigan’s first (a great free kick from Gomez) was clumsy and stupid.

On the whole, with some notable exceptions, performances, if not results this season give me hope that Wolves will pick up enough points to stay up, but there’s no doubt that we’re showing a fine streak of relegation form.

The only way is up – I hope – because this way is down.

 

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Grace says:

    The majority of what you have written is decent, but I feel I’ve got to pull you on a couple of points, ‘Jarvis showed genine quality’??? he was shocking today, awful!!!

    And I think you will find Edwards was fouled by N’Zogbia & it should have been a free kick our way.

    Not looking for excuses, or even complaining about the result because based on their 2nd half display I thought Wigan did enough for the win

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    • World Wide Wolfie says:

      Jarvis looked better than most on the pitch today – mind you, much as I try to avoid making judgments on past form I do agree he made a lot more mistakes than he has in recent weeks, so perhaps I’m being too nice to him because he’s impressed me (and everyone else) in the last few weeks.

      Will have to watch highlights for the Edwards – if the ref did make a mistake then I stand corrected. Doesn’t make up for Edwards being rubbish the rest of the time though!

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  2. Grace says:

    WWW

    I think you’re gonna have get used to Edwaeds, certainly for the next couple of games anyway, I too thought he was poor against Villa & he didn’t improve greatly yesterday but it’s difficult to be too harsh with us a man lite for so long.

    I agree re Jarvis, he has had a great start to the season, but, by his own standards I thought he was poor yesterday

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